Dannomyte wrote:Neifi Perez is horrible. I was wrong in an earlier thread when I said that Perez was an upgrade to Santiago. They are almost identical players with a possible slight edge going to Santiago and that's sad. What's even worse is we are stuck with Perez next season for $2.5M AND DD gave up one of our very few catching prospects for him. Sure Robinson might not be great but when you don't have much depth at C to begin with every little bit helps! No way Perez should ever start over Infante. I don't care if it's a lefty or a righty on the mound Infante is one of the Tigers hottest hitters right now and should be in the line-up daily.
You won't find any argument here. I was hating on Neifi before we ever traded for him. Someone mentioned him as a possibility in another thread when Polanco went down. I never thought it would happen.
Dannomyte wrote:With all of the offensive woes the Tigers have had lately you would think they would shake up the line-up. Then you go look at what's available and you realize that there really isn't much you can do. One thing I would consider is hitting Infante 3rd and dropping a struggling Monroe back down in the order. Then again that would mean Infante would have to start over Perez and we all know that the Skipper isn't going to let that happen.
Dannomyte wrote:And last but not least, WHY is Granderson still leading off??!?!?!? Hey skipper it's been 2 months and he's not pulling out of his slump!!! Time to go with plan B. I can see a case being made for him possibly leading off against righties but against lefties I don't know if he should even be in the line-up let alone leading off. More Clevlen please!! Hell, CF would be a great place for a spot start for Infante if Leyland insists on having Perez in the line-up.
I've been very disappointed with some of Leyland's actions of late, including his stubborness to mix up the lineup. Sometimes I think he's just been overly confident with the lead that is almost gone. Guillen really needs to move up in the lineup. He is the best overall hitter on the team by far. He would be a perfect #3 hitter when Polanco comes back or maybe if they really wanted to try something different they could put him at leadoff. Sorry, you just don't hit your best hitter 5th in the lineup. Does Pujols bat 5th? Does David Ortiz bat 5th? Does Ryan Howard bat 5th? Does Barry Bonds hit 5th? Well I could go on and on, but I think that makes my point.
Maybe when Polanco gets back and shakes off the rust, they could give him a look at leadoff? He may not be a walk machine, but at least he's not a K machine. Hell, in the 4 games that Pudge has led off he has looked ok, as if he has a totally different approach in that situation. Give him a look.
Monroe's hot streak has fizzled considerably. He is a hacker and I hope they upgrade over him this offseason.
Ordonez is looking a little better at the plate lately at least. Not great, but better. Still looks like he's running near empty at times though. He's going to be in the middle of the order through thick and thin regardless. We need him to show some life in the worst way.
I'm still not overly optimistic on Infante, but one thing's clear. He should play over Neifi and when Polanco returns should be the top backup infielder. But I don't know if Leyland agrees. He still has his thing for Neifi.
Dannomyte wrote:Until Casey pulls his head out of his ass there needs to be a full fledged platoon at 1B. Casey against righties and Shelton against lefties. It can't be much worse than what Casey is doing by himself right now. Can it??? Hell it might just light a fire under him.
Casey can't be 100% right now. He's better than this. This is not the player that the team probably had in mind when they acquired him.
And Verlander has obviously run out of gas a bit. I'm just impressed he's kept it going quite as well as he has even though from what I've seen, he hasn't had his best stuff very much for the past month or so.
Someone give Bonderman the Heimlich Maneuver. I think he might be choking....again! He hasn't pitched a good game in a month.
Unfortunately, the team's greatest weaknesses are things that probably can't be fixed until the offseason, if at all. It seemed like so many things that necessarily shouldn't have were going right for the team earlier in the season. Now we are seeing the complete opposite. The race may not come down to whether or not the Tigers can get it back together, but instead to whether or not the Twins or Sox can get themselves over. Both of those teams have issues of their own.